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CLEVELAND DAILY ARGUS

CLEVELAND DAILY ARGUS

The CLEVELAND DAILY ARGUS, an evening daily, made its first appearance on 3 Mar. 1885. Priced at $.01, it was an attempt to test the market for a working-class paper with Republican leanings. As such, it advocated high tariffs and sound currency, while offering free want ads to the unemployed and calling for municipal supervision of the retail weighing of coal. Early in its career, the "Reporter Printing Co." was briefly listed as publisher of the Daily Argus. C. M. Fairbanks was later identified as editor, and the paper appeared to have been printed in the Frankfort St. plant of Abel W. Fairbanks, publisher of the CLEVELAND HERALD prior to 1877. Declaring itself the victim of a labor boycott, the Argus evidently suspended publication on 27 Feb. 1886.